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November 14, 1991

Virginia reportedly going to Gator Bowl

Virginia will play in the

Mazda Gator Bowl, according to a published report.

The bowl's selection committee decided yesterday afternoon to offer the 21st-ranked Cavaliers a spot in the Dec. 29 game in Jacksonville, Fla., the Roanoke Times & World-News reported in a story for its editions today.

Virginia's opponent would be a Big Eight team, most likely No. 18 Oklahoma, the paper said.

The bowl appearance would be the third in a row for the Cavaliers, who are 7-2-1 and on a seven-game unbeaten streak since losing two of their first three games.

* The Mobil Cotton Bowl will invite a team from the Big Eight Conference to be the guest for its New Year's Day game if its first choice isn't available after Saturday's games, representatives said.

Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Miami play on Saturday, and if the Seminoles lose, they are expected to accept a bid from the Cotton Bowl.

But if Florida State wins, then the Big Eight would be the game's next choice, said Cotton Bowl executive vice president Jim Brock.

* Syracuse is bound for the Hall of Fame Bowl on New Year's Day to play 19th-ranked Ohio State, sources told The (Syracuse) Post-Standard.

Although Hall of Fame officials would only say that a Syracuse-Ohio State game was a possibility, a Gator Bowl source told the newspaper the 17th-ranked Orangemen and the Buckeyes were booked for Tampa, Fla. Both teams are 7-2.

* Illinois and UCLA likely will meet in the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, the executive director of the bowl, Cricket Musch, said.

Illinois and UCLA have identical records, 6-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play -- the Illini in the Big Ten and the Bruins in the Pac-10.

* Baylor has received an unofficial invitation to play in the Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl on New Year's Eve in Tucson, Ariz., a newspaper reported.

The Houston Chronicle quoted unnamed sources today as saying that the Copper Bowl had been one of Baylor's first choices, and that Copper Bowl representatives told Baylor coach Grant Teaff they would send an invitation Sunday.

The Bears, 7-2 with games remaining against Texas Tech and Texas, had been dropped from the list of the John Hancock and Peach bowls and relegated to a backup position by the Freedom Bowl.

* Alabama (8-1) is heading to the Blockbuster Bowl, The Tuscaloosa News and The Birmingham News reported.

Although invitations cannot be extended until Sunday, reports are that the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide are one choice for the Blockbuster, to be played Dec. 28 at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium. Alabama's opponent is undetermined.

Baseball

The Little League World Series, which has played only day games since its start in 1939, will have night games starting next year.

The weeklong tournament, held every August in Williamsport, Pa., also will be expanded from its single-elimination format to guarantee each team three games.

Boxing

British amateur boxer Kian Kwok Lee was fighting for his life in Southampton, England, after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.

The 23-year-old welterweight collapsed in the ring after twice losing his head guard during a bout Tuesday.

* World Boxing Association junior middleweight champion Vinny Pazienza was in the hospital with neck and back injuries as the result of traffic accident in Warwick, R.I., forcing his Jan. 10 title defense against Pat Lawlor to be called off.

Pazienza was a passenger in a car that hit another after skidding across U.S. 1 Tuesday, police said.

He was listed in good condition in Kent County Memorial Hospital's neurological unit where he was undergoing testing and observation, spokeswoman Julie Robinson said.

* Britain's Paul Hodkinson (19-1-1) beat Marcos Villasana (54-8-3) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to take the Mexican's World Boxing Council featherweight title with a unanimous decision.

* Muhammad Ali said a doctor-supervised fasting regime that limited him to water and herbal with honey for three weeks has eased his Parkinson's syndrome.

"I feel a lot better," Ali said. "I have lost 37 pounds. My speech is a little better. My trembling is a little better."

Ski jumping

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the last-place ski jumper at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, won't be able to repeat his antics at the Winter Games in Albertville, France.

Just two days after being declared bankrupt, the 27-year-old plasterer learned that he won't be a member of the British Olympic team for 1992.

"Eddie definitely will not be able to compete in Albertville," said John Leaning, the British Ski Federation's director of Nordic skiing. "The closing date for entries has passed and no jumpers have been put forward.

High school football

The football team at Banning High School in Wilmington, Calif., was placed on probation through next year for refusing to play at another school because of the threat of gang violence.

The Interscholastic Athletics Committee also ruled that if Banning and Dorsey High School of Los Angeles meet in this season's playoffs, the game would be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium, where Dorsey plays its home games.

Banning refused to play archrival Dorsey at the stadium on Nov. 1, saying it feared for the safety of its players. Dorsey was declared the victor by forfeit.

Soccer

The Baltimore Kickers have won the boys 11-14 championship in the Baltimore City League, finishing 10-0, including five shutouts.

Powerboat racing

Offshore powerboat racer Edgardo Perez sustained serious injuries when his 35-foot boat skidded and flipped at the Offshore Professional Tour World Championship races off Key West, Fla. Perez's condition was listed as "guarded with stable vital signs," by OPT Medical and Safety Director Matthew A. Houghton.

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